Trump will announce USA withdrawal from Paris climate accord: document

Pauline Gross
June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country from many allies overseas. Lisa Murkowski when he was asked about President Donald Trump's expected decision to leave the global effort to combat climate change. But he was also breaking from many of America's staunches allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision. During the campaign, Trump said the accord would cost the US economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit.

Canete also predicted that the European Union would seek new alliances from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states, as well as US businesses and individuals supportive of the accord.

"The U.S.is already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers", it read.

The EU climate action commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, said in a statement that the bloc "deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration" but vowed "the world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership".

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At their meeting last month, the pope gave Trump a signed copy of his 2015 encyclical letter calling for protecting the environment from the effects of climate change and backed scientific evidence that it is caused by human activity.Scientists have said a USA withdrawal from the deal could speed up the effects of global climate change, leading to heat waves, floods, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the Paris climate accord as an "essential" pact on Thursday and said she was pleased that many other governments took the same view. Trump has expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken US industry.The Republican vowed at the time to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president on January 20, part of an effort to bolster USA oil and coal industries.

Calculations suggest withdrawal could release up to three billion additional tonnes of carbon dioxide a year - enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise sea levels and trigger more extreme weather. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".

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